June 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up

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Finally summer! Mostly done with uni, plenty of time…you’d think that I’d finally catch up on my reading challenges and review backlog, revive my blog, and basically fix the mess that the hell semester wrecked. My blog also turned one year old in the meanwhile and it’s been a wonderful one.

And for most of June, I was doing pretty well, without a single DNF:

  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (ARC): Wonderful worldbuiling (1920s Mexico! The cover is very on point), incredible ending. Will appeal to fans of “uptight god + mortal girl who takes no shit” dynamic. Review scheduled for closer to the publication date.
  • Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones: Read it for a romance-focused bookclub. It was…not romance and I was pissed off, especially since I was enjoying it right up to the bullshit ending.
  • The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes (ARC): Holding onto the review until much later, but it’s a sweet, wholesome, whimsical, lovable book about trauma and healing. I mean, come on, the protagonist is a triceratops plushy detective solving murders in a land where beloved ideas that had to be abruptly abandoned (usually because of trauma) go.
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (ARC): A breathtaking trip of a novella with gorgeous prose. One of the candidates for the “best of 2019” list.
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman: Loved that one too. It’s about mental health and a (literal!) journey towards personal growth. Flawed characters and a setting detailed to the point of including a nod to medieval marginalia (look it up). Review to come soon.
  • A reread of The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar: One of my all-time favourites. Even better than it was the first time around…plus I actually got around to writing a review this time! (my longest and wordiest one ever)

Unfortunately, I’m an erratic, unpredictable mood reader prone to wild whims. Which means that for July, 1) I have set the Bingo challenge aside, 2) started way too many books, 3) ordered another half a fuckload, and 4) in the end decided that what I really want is romance and (weird) westerns. Not together, mind.

Because fuck everything, that’s why.

I honestly don’t quite understand my sudden thirst for westerns, I’ve never been interested in them in the slighest, not to mention the rather large issues baked into the genre by default, but a click on a random song linkĀ (isn’t even my type, lol) plus the awful heatwave currently baking Europe and a switch flipped.

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, still. It is good, but since I own it in unwieldy paperbrick format, progress is glacial.
  • Fortune’s Fool by Angela Boord (ARC): Very good, but not drawing me in. Unsure if I’ll continue.
  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty: Had it on my kindle as long as I had a kindle. Thought I’d read a classic before moving on to heaps upon heaps of fantasy westerns (that hopefully handle the inherent problems of the genre). So far, it’s a lot funnier than you’d expect…but at the same time, the racism of the era is ever-present too.
  • A reread of Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen. Have I mentioned I want westerns? And this is pretty much perfect. Queer, trans, PoC protagonist, excellent style.
  • The Binding by Bridget Collins. Has a lot of things I like in the first few chapters already. Can’t wait to see where it goes.

Books read this year:Ā 29 (+ 8 rereads)
r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge progress: 9/25 (36%)


16 thoughts on “June 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up”

  1. “Because fuck everything, that’s why” is immensely relatable, I’m convinced that my motivation likes to randomly nope off when I most need it.

    but hey, at least most of June was a good reading month for you! I’m not really into westerns either, but if you find any good ones I’d definitely be open to trying them out – in fact, I am off to add Wake of Vultures to my TBR rn, it sounds terrific.

    I hope the remainder of your semester goes well, and that you have a great July!

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    1. Thank you! Nope off and the reverse too in my case šŸ˜‚ And since this started off as a slump, I’m just glad I want to read something now.

      I’ll probably do a mini review series or a feature post grouping them together, depending on how fast I’ll go through my reading list. And Wake of Vultures is wonderful. I need to continue the series.

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    1. Yup. And then suddenly go mad and reread two huge books in a day. This is also why I take on only two reading challenges, relatively few ARCs and usually decline requests – I know I’m not one of those people who can read whatever all the time.

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      1. I don’t think I’ll go near a reading challenge? Or maybe it will be a relaxed one – where just one book has to be chosen for the theme and then you can read whatever else for that month.
        I usually start reading a book and then something else takes my attention and then a few other things and I don’t touch the book for like a week.

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        1. Yeah, mine are a bingo where I have a year to read 25, which is nice and easy, and my regular goodreads counter. Couldn’t do anything else.

          Can sooo relate to something else taking your attention too.

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  2. Oh these books sound awesome. I’m pretty sure a couple of people from the Discord channel might have had some influence on you with their western books.. or maybe it’s just their thirst for country men :’) But The Imaginary Corpse sounds awesome! I’m definitely always here for dinosaurs and it sounds out of the box, which means it’s right up my alley. I feel you with the heat wave though.. It’s not as bad as a week ago (we almost hit 40 degrees, which never happened and I melted right away), hopefully it’ll get better for the both of us

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    1. Hahahaha I have only been around on and off lately so I can’t say I noticed šŸ˜‚ Though it’s honestly mostly about the setting for me – people surviving in a harsh landscape, prairie, etc. I do have a cactus avatar in most places, after all…

      And whoa, 40c. Here it “only” went up to 35c and briefly stepping outdoors was like a hairdryer to the face. And even indoors, not nice without AC. 40c and I’d melt too, lol.

      Imaginary Corpse is def out of the box, I hope you enjoy it if you get around to it!


  3. I am living for Gods of Jade and Shadow!! Also Tess of the Road sounds amazing!!! I’ve never heard of it and I love that cover! Read those westerns, devour what you like, kick everything else to the curb! I hope July is a great month for you and that hopefully you don’t melt.

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    1. Thank you ā¤ And yes Tess of the Road is absolutely amazing and I’d rec it to everyone looking for character study kind of books. I just need to finish writing the review (exams are over and I have like half of it already, so soon!) šŸ˜…

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